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Full text of "Mathura A District Memoir"

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latr-r^l eelc^n^ie of f.ve Ib^ys reaching fcacs on either side towards the cella.
Tie \vcrk :r.?,ii5:: is iLroucrlicur is of excellent character, and the stone has been
earefiillv selected, T:i? *TO layers, or si&yzar2, are singularly plain, but have
been wisely so d;*si:rxi2J licit their smooth polished surface may remain unsul-
lied by rain an-J dust.

The founder's ancestor. Baba MurM Mohan Sinh, son of one Har Krishna
Sink Yfas a wealthy mere-lint cni kn-led proprietor at Kandi in Mnrshidabad.
Hi? heir, B:Hrl Lai Sich, had three sons, KMha Gobind, Ganga Gobind? and
Badbd Ciiaran : of these, tae last-named, on inheriting Ms share of the paternal
estate., broke oil connection rath the rest of the family and has dropped OIK of
sight. Bilihd Q-obini took service nnier Allah TirdI Khdnand Sinij-ud-dauia,
Savabs of Murshliabad, and was by them promoted to posts of high honour.
A rest-house for travellers ani a temple of Sadha Ballabh. which he founded,
are still in existence. He died without issue, leaving Ms property to his brother,
Ganga G-obind, who took a prominent part in. the revision of the Bengal settle-
ment under Lord William Beniinck. in 18 "2 $. He built a number of dharmsdlds
for the reception of pilgrims and four temples at Ramchandrapnr in Kadiya*
These latter have all "been washed away by the river, but the images of the gods
were transferred to Kandi. He also maintained several Sanskrit schools in
Xadiyji; and distinguished himself by the extraordinary pomp with which he
celebrated bis father's obsequies, spending, moreover, every year on the anni-
versary of his death a lakh of rupees in religious observances. Gaaga Gobind's
son, Pran Krishaa Sinh, still further augmented his magnificent patrimony
before it passed in succession to his son, Krislian Chandra Sinh^ Letter kncrarn
under the soubriquet of ; the Lsila Babu. He held office first in Bardwaa and
then in Orisii5 and, when about thirty years of age? caine to settle in the holy
land of Bra]. In connexion with his temple at BrintM-ban he founded also a
rest-house,, where a large number of pilgrims are still daily fed; the annual cost
of the whole estaWishnent being, as is stated, Bs. i2.000. He also enclosed
the saered tanks at liadhu-kun J with handsome ghats and terraces of stone at the
cost of a lakh. When some forty years of age, he renounced the world, and in the
character of a Bairagi continued for two years to wander about the voods and
plains of Braj, begging Ms bread from day to day till the time of Ms deathj which
was accidentally caused by the kick of of a horse at Gobardhan.* He was

* The following Hindi couplet Is current in the district -with reference to the death of the two
arikh 3i :*

Lili Bdbn marg&yaj gfaora dmh lagajej
fifikfa ia kira psri; BidM son k foasae ?